Title - 'The John Adams Album'
Artist - Kent Nagano/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
For those not in the know, Kent Nagano is renowned for his clarity, elegance, and intelligence in performance.
He enjoys a steadfast international reputation, engaging with a vast repertoire spanning the Baroque era to contemporary music, championing little-known works while bringing new ideas to the performance of the established repertoire.
Maestro Nagano has been Music Director of the OSM since 2006. He also served as Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin – of which he is Honorary Conductor – from 2000 to 2006 and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich from 2006 to 2013.
He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), since 2013 and in 2015, he was appointed General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Principal Conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Maestro Nagano was named Commander of the Ordre de Montréal, Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, Companion of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec, in addition to receiving the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal.
Released October 18th, 2019 via Decca Classics, The John Adams Album contains his key orchestral works conducted by one of his greatest, lifelong champions.
“Like all great pieces, each time one returns to them and restudies them, I’m able to find something more," Nagano says about John Adams. "No dimensions that I haven’t seen before, other reflections of innovation and genius.”
Continuing the award-winning series of orchestral and operatic recordings from OSM and Nagano on Decca, the stirring opener 'Common Tones in Simple Time' (20:47) is simply magnificent to behold.
A work of musical art that reflects not only Adams' intentions, but now fuses intricately, and yet boldly at times, them with the stunning ensemble Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, 'Harmonielehre' (43:04) is up next and is equally as delightful.
Beginning with, what else, First Movement, the tranquil, aching beauty of the track is brought forth marvelously and is backed by the more free flowing, yet effortlessly dainty The Anfortas Wound.
The piercingly majestic Meister Eckhardt and Quackie is my own personal stand out here, for its length, breadth and reach of augmented musicianship is a magnificent, and unadulterated gem to truly behold.
This masterful new piece then rounds out with the clip-ity clop of the frenetic 'Short Ride in a Fast Machine,' which is yet another vibrant work unto itself.
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